Jenson Button said he was pleased nobody was hurt following a series of high-speed crashes during the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The race, run in persistent rain, saw high-speed crashes for Kimi Raikkonen, Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Massa. Romain Grosjean’s day also ended in the wall before the race had even begun.
The start of race was initially delayed before proceedings got underway behind the Safety Car. There were further interruptions due to crashes and two red flag periods due to heavy rain. However the race eventually ran to its full distance.
Button said it was “very difficult conditions in which to judge what’s right and what’s wrong” with the Safety Car calls. “But nobody was injured and that’s the most important thing. ”
The McLaren driver endured a dismal race and had dropped to the tail of the field at the chequered flag. “Finishing last is unusual for me in conditions like these,” he admitted, “so there’s definitely something wrong. I don’t think I’ve forgotten how to drive in the wet.”
Button suspects something is wrong with his car and wants McLaren to investigate it before his final race in Abu Dhabi.
“After today’s race we need to go back to the factory and work out what it is that’s wrong with the car,” he added.
“During Friday practice, it was working really well; I was comfortable with the car and in the high-speed corners we had a strong rear-end. Yesterday, it wasn’t working, and today it was further exaggerated by the conditions.”
2016 Brazilian Grand Prix
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